3.5 Earthquake Centered in Beverly Hills 'extremely shallow'
A 3.5 magnitude earthquake rattled beneath Beverly Hills just after midnight Friday, shaking up Californians from Costa Mesa to Valencia. The USGS puts the temblor at an estimated depth of 0.0 kilometers, making this second recent Beverly Hills quake an "extremely shallow" one, reports City News Service.
Due to the quake's shallowness, people reported experiencing considerably sharper shaking than is normally associated with a 3.5 magnitude earthquake.
"By 1:30 a.m., more than 4,000 people in more than 150 ZIP codes reported feeling the shaking, according to the USGS Community Internet Intensity Map," notes Beverly Hills Patch.
In the City of Los Angeles, the Fire Department went into "earthquake emergency mode" until 12:46 a.m., when they determined there had been "no significant damage, injury or loss of life," in their jurisdiction. Beverly Hills police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said his department received no immediate reports of injuries or damages either.
On Monday, a 3.3 magnitude quake shook things up in Beverly Hills, though seismologists did not immediately say if the two shakers were related.
Naturally, Twitter has proven to be not only a great source of information during an emergency, but also for levity. A sampling:
500,000 DEAD in LA earthquake!!!! Just kidding, but I did almost spill some Diet cherry 7 up.— ADAMDEVINE (@ADAMDEVINE) September 7, 2012
That earthquake was wild. I can't believe I could do that with my mind.— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) September 7, 2012
Did anyone else feel that earthquake and did anyone else hear God yelling "Los Angeles you're so pretty why do you act like this"— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) September 7, 2012
This earthquake just proved to me that twitter is turning into everyone's emergency contact.— Rivka Sophia Rossi (@sofifii) September 7, 2012
That earthquake happened right when I got a supernova gem playing Bejeweled. Everything went bonkers over here.— DC (@DaneCook) September 7, 2012
I'm not sure if that was an earthquake in LA or Khloe Kardashian fell out of bed again while snacking on Lamar's gummi bears.— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) September 7, 2012